Whether you’re already taking Lialda or considering it, starting an ulcerative colitis (UC) medication is an important decision that you and your doctor make together. Learning more about Lialda may be a key step in that process.
When you're living with a challenging disease like ulcerative colitis — and your doctor recommends a prescription medication — it’s important that you learn about the potential benefits and side effects, and discuss treatment options with your doctor. Keep in mind, the safety and effectiveness of Lialda have not been shown in patients under 18. Talk to your doctor to see if Lialda is right for you. Lialda may be an appropriate option whether you're new to UC or are restarting a UC treatment plan.
The three characteristics of Lialda:
- Induce remission — Lialda can help achieve remission of active, mild to moderate UC.
- Maintain remission — Lialda can help keep UC in remission, as shown in a study at 6 months.
- Once-daily dosing — may make it easy to fit Lialda into your schedule.
Lialda is a once-daily mesalamine approved to help get active, mild to moderate UC into remission, as shown in two 8-week clinical trials, and help keep it there, as shown in a separate 6-month study.
Getting started with Lialda (mesalamine)
Lialda can be prescribed to be taken once a day with food to help achieve remission of active, mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. In 8-week clinical trials, patients with active, mild to moderate UC who took Lialda and achieved remission experienced:
- No rectal bleeding
- Less frequent bowel movements
- Improvement to the inside lining of the colon
Lialda was not effective for everyone. The most common side effects reported in clinical studies of Lialda were: ulcerative colitis, headache, passing gas, abnormal liver function test results, stomach ache. Please see the Important Safety Information. If you are currently taking Lialda, remember to contact your doctor if you have any side effects.
If you are getting started with Lialda, it is important to take it as your doctor prescribes. Here are a few simple — but important — things you should remember to help you get started:
- Fill your Lialda prescription.
- Understand the potential benefits and side effects of Lialda.
- Work with your doctor to establish a routine for taking your medication.
- Take Lialda with food.
- Don't crush or split the tablets.
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